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Sega Genesis Games

Below is a list of some of the Sega Genesis's most popular games.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Sonic, the lightning-fast, cool, blue hedgehog, has long been Sega's primary mascot due to his overwhelming popularity, which rivaled that of Mario during the Genesis era. While the first Sonic the Hedgehog game likely had the biggest influence on Sega's changing fortune, its three sequels on the Genesis (as well as the one on the Sega CD) certainly helped Sega to continue in the right direction. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was the biggest commercial success among them, out-selling every other Genesis game. In addition to the blazing speed of the original Sonic game and the smooth motion of Sonic as he runs, spins, and jumps through intricate, loop-filled levels, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 adds a second character, Tails the Fox, for 2-player action, as well as distinctly better graphics and new abilities for Sonic.

Mortal Kombat Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat is a fighting game with numerous selectable characters that was already well-known in arcades at the time the Genesis version was released. It was not a Genesis exclusive in its console form, and another version was released for the Super NES also. However, commercially speaking the Genesis version did far better than the Super NES version, due to the fact that Nintendo's censorship rules required that the blood from characters attacking each other be removed (many players disliked this). The blood was not removed in the Genesis version; moreover, while the extremely gory "fatality" moves from the arcade version are not ordinarily to be found in the Genesis port, a special code unlocks all of them. This feature contributed to controversy related to video game violence at the time - controversy which greatly fueled sales.

Vectorman Vectorman

This game, named for its mechanical hero composed of spheres, is a side-scrolling shooter game which is famous for its top-of-the-line graphics. Like Donkey Kong Country on the Super NES, Vectorman features 2D graphics originally pre-rendered in 3D on computers. The gameplay is smooth, the soundtrack is praised for its high quality, and variety in gameplay stems in part from Vectorman's ability to change into different forms.

Streets of Rage Streets of Rage

Streets of Rage is a "beat-'em-up" game in which three former police officers attempt to stop rampant crime in a city by means of hand-to-hand fighting skills. The basic gameplay consists of using martial arts and other fighting techniques to subdue numerous enemies, moving through levels, and challenging bosses. The game has had great success in the market; the soundtrack especially is considered by many to be one of the high points of the experience.

Gunstar Heroes Gunstar Heroes

This shooter/platformer revolves around two young heroes trying to save the world from an evil dictatorship. Both a one-player mode and a simultaneous two-player mode are available. The action is hectic and fast-paced, relying heavily on weapon fire and culminating in impressive battles against giant bosses. To this day Gunstar Heroes has a very enthusiastic fanbase, and it has received much critical acclaim.

Ecco the Dolphin Ecco the Dolphin

This game takes place primarily underwater, where Ecco, the title character, must defeat alien forces and rescue his fellow dolphins by travelling through time and traversing various side-scrolling levels, using natural dolphin-esque abilities as aids. The game is above average in difficulty, and has been said to have an atmosphere slightly frightening to younger players at times, but the game was overall well-received and a commercial success, prompting sequels and re-releases later on.

ToeJam & Earl ToeJam & Earl

ToeJam & Earl is a very unusual action game starring two aliens who are trying to repair their wrecked ship. The gameplay style is top-down and consists of exploring randomly-generated, floating landscapes in search of ship parts, finding random items such as tomatoes for attacking, and encountering various absurd types of enemies. The off-the-wall humor and excellent soundtrack were among the factors that made it a hit with many critics, although some players may have found the game's relatively slow pace off-putting. The game is considered something of a cult classic, and the two stars of the game were made minor mascots of Sega.

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